Midsumma Carnival stall registrations
Here you will find information on registering as a Stallholder at Midsumma Carnival 2021.
Interested in being a Food Vendor at Midsumma Carnival or Midsumma Pride March? If so, see Food Vendor Applications.
On 17 January 2021, Alexandra Gardens will be transformed for a day into the queerest precinct in town, and Midsumma invites your organisation to present yourself to an estimated crowd of over 115,000 LGBTQIA-friendly people.
Throughout the event the Carnival attendees will set up picnics, watch hours of free entertainment, wander through the crowds of people and most importantly - find out about your business or community group! Come join the fun and be a part of the 2021 Midsumma Carnival, as we host over 180 stalls across the grassy lawns of Alexandra Gardens, populated by diverse community groups, government agencies, liaison units and commercial businesses.
Stalls are open to the public from 11am to 5pm on the day. Registered stallholders will be notified in December of set up and pack down ('bump in/ bump out') times.
Midsumma Festival does have some commercial exclusivity contracts in place and reserves the right to decline registrations and refund any stalls who fall under this. If you have concerns please contact [email protected] ASAP.
How do you get involved? Here are the first three steps to get you started!
- READ the information below and the Midsumma Carnival 2020 Stallholders Brochure *, to ensure you are totally ready for Midsumma Carnival 2021.
- TALK to a Midsumma staff member about any queries you may still have. Email [email protected] or call 03 9296 6600.
- REGISTER and pay before COB Monday 9 November 2020 and complete the second registration form by Friday 27 November 2020.
Note: Failure to provide payment and documentation by the due dates may mean you will miss out on a space at Midsumma Carnival.
View the Midsumma Carnival Stall Terms and Conditions *.
Below you will find all the information needed about hosting a stall.
Can't find the answer? Email [email protected] or call 03 9296 6600 to have a chat.
* items flagged with an asterisk are from last year's festival, and will be updated shortly.
Key Registration Dates
Registrations Open: 31 July 2020
Registrations Close: 9 November 2020
Stallholder Production Form Opens: 13 November 2020
Stallholder Production Form Due: 27 November 2020
Stallholder Information Pack Released: 4 December 2020
What does your registration include?
Each general booking consists of the following:
- 3 x 3m marquee space (marquee provided)
- 1.8 trestle table
- 2 plastic chairs
- 2.4 x 0.3m corflute sign with your organisation's name (and optional logo)
- A listing on the Midsumma Festival website
A maximum of four stall spaces may be purchased per order. The placement of individual stalls within the site will be determined by Midsumma staff once applications have closed and final stallholder numbers are confirmed.
Since 2020, Midsumma Festival has included design, printing, and installation of a corflute sign for every stall at Midsumma Carnival, rather than offering this as an optional extra.
This decision has been made in order to give all stallholders heightened visibility at the event, assist all stallholders and volunteers during bump in and give the event a clean, professional look.
Midsumma strives to make the event as accessible as possible to all groups, so registration fees are aggregated according to your organisation.
In 2021, Early Bird will be determined by the number of registrations rather than the specific time frame. The first third of stallholders to register will receive Early Bird pricing. Once this allocation is exhausted, the remaining stallholders will pay the standard pricing.
We encourage you to register early to ensure you are eligible for the discount.
Why has this changed in 2021?
In 2020, almost double the number of stalls registered for Early Bird compared to previous years. We have put this cap in place to ensure that the opportunity to get the Early Bird discount is fair for all, while still staying within budget for the event's delivery.
We also hope that this will mean we will have the stability to keep our fees low in future years.
The cap has been calculated based on quantities of Early Bird registrations in 2018 and 2019, and projections based on 2020 registrations.
If you have any questions about Early Bird discounts, please contact [email protected] or call 03 9296 6600.
Stall Categories and Pricing
Criteria: Operating for profit - registered company (ACN)
Early bird price: $1,320
Regular price: $1,720
Small Business Stall
Criteria: Operating for profit (sole trader operating through an ABN) - Turnover of <$75,000
Early bird price: $670
Regular price: $950
Large Community Organisations
Criteria: Annual Revenue of more than $350,000
Early bird price: $670
Regular price: $950
Local Council, State or Federal Government branches, offices or political parties
Local Council, State or Federal Government agencies or initiatives
National or international not-for-profit / community organisations
Small Community Organisations
Criteria: Annual Revenue of less than $350,000
Early bird price: $400
Regular price: $610
LGBTQIA+ social and community groups
Health service not-for-profit / community organisations
Community theatre companies or artist-run gallery spaces
Shared Small-Community Stall
Shared Community Stalls have been developed following feedback that some groups want to represent themselves at Carnival, however cannot afford the fee of a full stall.
Please contact Midsumma Festival for more information and to express interest in a shared community stall, by emailing [email protected] or calling 03 9296 6600.
All prices are inclusive of GST.
An external surcharge of 1.5% applies for credit/debit card payments.
The maximum portion of fees to be refunded by Midsumma to stallholders depends upon the date at which Midsumma receives written notice of cancellation as outlined below:
- Up to Saturday 7 November 2020: maximum 50%
- Up to Saturday 14 November 2020: maximum 20%
- After Saturday 14 November 2020: no refunds after this date
As a Midsumma Carnival stallholder, you receive a 20% discount to advertise your event in the Midsumma Festival Printed Guide.
With a print publication of 35,000 copies across Melbourne CBD, wider Victoria, and Sydney, this is a unique opportunity to purchase at a reduced rate extra promotion for your business or organisation in the printed guide.
Email [email protected] for more information.
Tables: additional trestle tables - cost $25 each
Chairs: additional plastic chairs - cost $12 each
Power: Single 10 Amp Outlet - cost $60
For more advanced power requirements (15 Amp and above), please email [email protected] to organise. This may incur an additional cost.
Giveaways are a popular option for many stallholders. Food samples, branded merchandise, flyers and postcards are all great ways to engage with the thousands of attendees at Midsumma Carnival.
While a great option, we do encourage stallholders to look at more innovative and green options such as reusable water bottles, digital promotions, or tote bags - and stay away from disposable options such as plastic or paper fans, paper flyers, or elastic wristbands.
Please note that any paper collateral distributed must contain the words "Please dispose of responsibly" or similar, printed on them.
If you are looking to give away anything intended for human consumption (lollies, fruit, or bottled water) you will need a food traders permit from the City of Melbourne - yes, even for bottled water! These permits are free and obtained through Streatrader. If you do not have your food permit before Midsumma Carnival, you will not be able to provide food or beverages.
Don't stress - the process is usually quick and free, depending on what you are giving away.
While you are not allowed to sell food or beverage (as this is reserved for our Food Vendors on site), many stallholders will sell merchandise as part of their stall. This could be branded clothing for your organisation, pins and badges, swimwear/underwear, or something else entirely!
While we welcome all stallholders to participate, Midsumma Carnival is not designed to be a retail marketplace.
As part of your stall registration you can order site power rated up to 10 amps (although if you need more heavy duty power, this can be arranged). Many stallholders will simply use this to charge their tablets and other devices but in some instances stallholders will include a photobooth as part of their stall, or some other activity to engage with the public.
We encourage Stallholders to get creative with their stalls but it is a requirement that all electrical equipment brought on site has been tested and tagged.
It is the responsibility of the Stallholder to ensure that they provide accurate information about the equipment they are bringing onsite.
10 amps is generally enough for a handful of tablets or devices, but if you are bringing a deep fryer, a popcorn machine, a slushie machine or something similar - it would be advantageous to check what amperage your equipment draws!
If you're not sure, contact the Midsumma Festival team at [email protected] or 03 9296 6600.
Midsumma Festival provides all stalls with a 2.4m x 0.3m corflute sign (see example below), but you are welcome to add any additional signage to your stall that you like.
Make your stall stand out with signage, but please ensure your signage stays within the 3x3m footprint of your marquee, isn't pegged into the ground, isn't attached to any of the surrounding trees, and isn't attached with any kind of adhesive.
If you are planning to get some signage made specifically for the event, the marquees provided are 3x 3x 2.28m (WxDxH). For more detail about the marquee dimensions, contact the Midsumma Festival team at [email protected] or 03 9296 6600.
Due to environmental regulations, glitter is not permitted on site. If you are planning to use eco-glitter as part of your stall, contact Midsumma Festival to get prior approval.
In order to protect the grass at Alexandra Gardens, no vehicles are permitted onsite. Vehicles can be driven onto Boathouse Drive as part of the bump in, but must be moved elsewhere prior to the beginning of the event.
More details about bump in will be provided at a later date.
We encourage stallholders to bring their own signage to their stall, however, nothing is to be attached to the trees in the area or pegged into the ground due to City of Melbourne environmental restrictions.
In addition, we ask stallholders not to attach anything to their marquee with adhesives - cable ties or string are recommended.
Stallholders are restricted to roving within the 1 metre perimeter around their marquee. Stallholders who move outside of this space to engage with patrons will be asked to return to their stall.
Midsumma is a non-profit organisation staffed by a small team of committed professionals, governed by a voluntary Board of Management, and supported by hundreds of generous and passionate volunteers every year.
Cash donations collected at major events help us to keep much-loved events like Midsumma Carnival and Midsumma Pride March free and accessible for everyone. As a result, we do not allow other people at the event to collect cash or on-the-spot donations.
Leave No Trace
In order to keep the site looking clean and beautiful, we ask that all Stallholders take responsibility for leaving their stall in the same condition it was in when they arrived.
Your registration needs to be completed and paid for by the registration closing date of Monday 9 November 2020. After you've completed registration, you will be sent the Stallholder Production Form requesting other key information as we get closer to the event date. This will need to be completed by Friday 27 November 2020.
In special circumstances where you are unable to pay via the portal, you may request an invoice via the registration form. Payment must be made by the date specified on the invoice.
We highly recommend that you have all of the required elements ready to go when you commence registration.
To complete the Stallholder Registration Form you will need:
- Contact details
- The details of your organisation
- Additional stall facilities needed:
- Extra 3 x 3m marquee spaces
- Extra tables
- Extra chairs
- Site power
To complete the Stallholder Production Form you will need:
- Public Liability Insurance
- Streatrader certificate (if giving away edible products)
- Hi-Res organisational logo (optional)
- Some great ideas for what you are planning on doing on the day!
Midsumma Carnival highlights the opening weekend of the three-week Festival each year. Midsumma Carnival is an iconic outdoor celebration that has become one of the biggest highlights in the LGBTQIA+ annual calendar.Midsumma Carnival
Food Vendor EOI
Expressions of Interest by Food Vendors for Midsumma Festival 2021 will open on Friday 31 July 2020 and close on Monday 28 September 2020.Food Vendor Expression of Interest